My wife and I are in the midst of a bathroom remodel. It occurred to me that a few leadership lessons can be extrapolated from doing such work. Think about it for a second …
I thought I would share a few of the lessons that came to light for me last night while I was wiring the new ventilation fan we purchased.
1. You need a plan. You don’t just start tearing walls in a renovation project – you need a vision, a mental picture of what you want the renovated space to look like.
2. You need to surround yourself with good advisors. Whether is a general contractor or someone at your local Home Depot, you need people who can provide you some guidance (that is certainly true is you are a do-it-yourself-guy)
3. You need a good team. As a leader, you can’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get to work. The old adage is true – a leader should never asked someone to something they are not prepared to do themselves. However, there are times when you need to surround yourself with experts. Not having all the answers or not being able to do it all is not an admission of failure.
4. You need to follow through. When the going gets tough, leaders persevere. Being a leader is not always roses. Renovating a bathroom isn’t always easy – surprises are sure to come. Don’t lose sight of your vision. Persevere. Make it happen.
These are not earth shattering revelations but simple lessons that we often forget. Roll up your sleeves, put on your tool belt. Let’s get to work!!!